Flatire Burgers: you may actually get a flat tire

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Here at EatAroundOKC, it has long been established that there is one and only one “best” burger in Oklahoma City, and that is Nic’s Grill. Ever since we published our review of Nic’s in 2008, we’ve encountered nothing but positive comments from our readers and we’ve watched as Nic’s fame has spread across Oklahoma City and, literally, the world.

But Nic’s is a very unique burger joint and one that just can’t fit for all of your burger dining needs. His limited hours, cramped dining space, and the fact that you have to get there at 10:45am to avoid the lunch rush can make Nic’s impractical for many occasions. Plus, those of us with small children realize you’re not going to have much success with a family meal at Nic’s (unless you can somehow hang your kids from the ceiling). So, I am continually on the hunt for other burger places that offer something unique but with a little more room to spread out or bring the family along.

Irma’s Burger Shack has always been a solid choice for family burger dining (especially at the roomy midtown location), and now we bring you another contender — Flatire Burgers.

I’m not sure how I’ve gone so long without trying Flatire Burgers. It’s likely the location, which is way up in the heart of Edmond, right next to the UCO campus. That’s a bit of a drive for me, but I’ve made a couple of trips up there in the last month to check them out (their website says new locations are on the way, so maybe one of those will be more convenient for me).

The stand alone building has an intentionally run-down look on the exterior, really going for that shabby, hole-in-the-wall, college-esque vibe. Inside, it’s a nice but very live space. It can be difficult to have a conversation in there when it’s crowded. They have a pretty nice, two-story patio it appears, though I’ve never seen anyone eating out there.

The parking situation is terrible, and is really my biggest complaint for Flatire. There’s a paved lot which can hold a tiny number of cars, then you have to loop around into a very bumpy, skinny, gravel lot where it’s basically a free-for-all to grab the next 10-12 spaces. Beyond that, it’s all restricted UCO parking, so I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do when all the spaces are full, which can happen easily. I have ended up just circling around, backing up, doing three-point turns, all the while reducing the life expectancy of my car until a space opens up. I suppose they get a lot of walking traffic and students who can use the university lots so maybe parking isn’t a priority. Or, maybe, this is intentionally designed to enhance the “flat tire” theme?

The strength of Flatire is not the burger patties themselves as they are not made fresh at the restaurant but brought in from a supplier. They have a good flavor and texture, but, you know, you’re not going to make waves in the burger world by cooking up someone else’s patty.

No, the strength of this restaurant is, instead, in the creativity and variety they offer. They have nineteen different burger configurations including things like the Maui Burger ($7.39) with grilled ham, pepper jack, pineapple jalepeno relish, lettuce and bbq sauce. Or the Green Chili Burger ($6.59) with green chiles, pepper jack and chipotle mayo (I had this one and it was great). Plus, every burger can be made with the beef patty, veggie patty, chicken or tilapia filet and you can choose from a white, wheat, or jalepeno bun.

They also offer sweet potato fries. They weren’t on the menu yet when I went, but they are available as a special order. Let me tell you, these fries are delicious. They are $2.59 per order, but you can have them split an order between two people if you wish. Personally, I will require a full order of these every time I go.

I also really liked the fried pickles ($6.99 appetizer). These are the same pickles they put on the burgers and they are very thick and very good so you can imagine how they are even better when they are battered and fried.

They’ve got quite a few other options on the menu as well. There’s a selection of tacos which many of you have told me are very good. I haven’t tried them yet. There are coneys, salads and desserts, including a make your own s’mores kit which is fun for the whole family. Lots of kids meal options here as well, though at $5-$6 each, these are on the higher end of kid’s meal pricing.

Speaking of pricing, it’s not cheap to eat here. I’ve often complained about the high prices at Irma’s and Flatire suffers from the same price range. If you compare Flatire burger pricing to Irma’s regular burger pricing, they are roughly the same. Irma’s charges even more for their “no name” beef but that’s a higher-quality, hand-made patty so it’s more fair to compare Flatire with Irma’s regular burgers. I mean, you’re basically going to spend about $12-$13 (with tax and tip) for burger, fries and a drink. I’m very cheap and probably living in the past, but that seems high. I mean, I can get the best burger, fries and drink in the world at Nic’s for $8.75, tax included. So, I’m still waiting for the great, family burger place that offers me a burger combo in the $7 range. Oh, hey, there’s McDonald’s, right ??

Anyway, bottom line — I like Flatire Burgers. If I lived or worked in Edmond, I’d likely go there pretty regularly. Since I don’t, I’ll probably only make an occasional trip out there. Though it’s very comparable to Irma’s regular burgers in price, quality, and family friendliness, I think I prefer Flatire just because of the added variety. But on the other hand, Irma’s offers the no-name beef, which is higher quality, though you’ll pay up for it as well.

What do you think about Flatire Burgers? What other family burger joints do you enjoy? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Karla Neese says:
    July 14th, 2010 at 8:32 pm   

    Love your review title. We are Edmondites and Flatire fans. I agree about the parking. Pretty much your review is right on the money. Try their veggie burger or coney next time too.

  • Terry H says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 9:02 am   

    A burger with a jalapeno bun and pepper jack cheese is delicious but walking out $12 lighter (whether it was lunch or dinner) always upset me.

    I don’t live in Edmond anymore, but they used to have a $6 student special (burger and fries), which was the main reason I would agree to go there.

  • wimpy says:
    July 28th, 2010 at 10:58 pm   

    Just a mediocre burger with an incredibly high price,why would anyone want a maui burger ? pineapple on a hamburger ? Twelve bucks ?

  • momuv2 says:
    July 28th, 2010 at 11:13 pm   

    wimpy: have you had a pineapple on a hamburger before? it is soooo good…red robin has one and it is super

    like the reviews i’ve read except the $

  • Kevin says:
    July 31st, 2010 at 5:13 pm   

    Not a pineapple person but the place sounds somewhat similar to the long standing Service Station in Norman.

    If it’s even 1/2 as good, then it would be good eats

  • Josh says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 4:17 pm   

    While I generally like Flatire, another problem is the flies. Every time I’ve been there has been a battle with flies.

  • Kelli says:
    August 14th, 2010 at 8:15 pm   

    I’ve always enjoyed my meals at Flat Tire, though I go rarely since I live nowhere near UCO. Our most recent visit was when we escaped from an evening wedding (cheese cubes, crackers, strawberries…come on) that was held on campus. A Blue Moon and a cheeseburger with onion rings (split with the husband) and I was good to go.

    Their chicken strips are good, as are the loaded cheese fries. The s’mores kit is fun, even as an adult. Who doesn’t love playing with an open flame?

  • Todd says:
    August 21st, 2010 at 10:24 am   

    The burger is pretty good but at the price you really should get fries with it. It’s not a huge burger but the bun is better than most burger joints. I don’t order the burger much anymore, partly because I feel cheated by the price when I have to pay to add fries, and partly because I discovered the Fish Tacos. I think it’s worth the drive for the Fish Tacos. Have them bring the sauce on the side so you can spread it lightly on every bite.

  • Kimari says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 9:59 am   

    I enjoy Flatire Burgers, but you are right about the parking and the patties. The fried pickles are GREAT though, I am a pickle fanatic so these are my favorite!

  • Elizabeth says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 7:29 am   

    Tried it for the first time this past weekend and was not impressed. My complaint is the same as all the others — the cost is too high for what you are getting. Just an “okay” burger. I doubt we would be going back even if we lived closer.

  • Jackie says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 7:44 am   

    We visited Flatire yesterday as our second visit. I had fish tacos which were ok and the portion was huge (3 tacos and I only ate one and took the rest home). My husband’s Hells Kitchen burger looked delicious! I enjoyed the Havana burger last time.

    The sweet potato fries are good, and my husband loves the Corral Habenero salsa – I think that was the main reason he wanted to go.

    We aren’t in Edmond, so it was a bit of a drive, so it’s more of a place I’d visit every few months, but not on my regular rotation.

  • Brian says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 9:05 am   

    I have been to Flatire Burgers once on a summer afternoon during the lunch hour, and after driving around for several minutes, I had to park across the street. The burger I had was pretty good, but I wouldn’t classify it as anything special…especially considering the price.

  • Paula says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 7:56 pm   

    I’m like you and am clearly a cheapskate when it comes to my burger combo’s, so, I don’t think I would trek up to Edmond for this. I would, however, be willing to go up there for the fried pickles, if they are really worth it, as I can’t drive down to Classic 50′s in Norman that often to get theirs.

  • Brian says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 11:44 am   

    My wife and I went to Flatire again a few weeks ago. It was a Friday evening and after having to wait 25 – 30 minutes, we sat outside on the patio to enjoy the beautiful fall evening.

    Having not been blown away by their hamburgers last time, I decided to try their chicken tenders. Admittedly my expectations weren’t that high, but I have to say that they were very good. The chicken was very tender, moist and tasty, and the gravy that they served to dip them in was pretty good as well.

    The service on the other hand was not very impressive. Our waiter was quite slow, my wife’s soft drink was completeely flat (somewhat ironic to us at a place with the word “Flat” in it name), and they originally delivered the wrong entree to my wife.

    Needless to say, if we ever go back, which is not that likely, I will be passing up the burger and getting the chicken tenders again.

  • Steve Brumley says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 8:12 pm   

    Overpriced,small portions,crappy parking,flies every where,lousy service.Unclean looking around kitchen area.Drinks didnt even taste right.
    Mediocre food,expensive prices.
    Went there three different times with friends, we were disappointed with the place.

  • Tulsa Food Guy says:
    December 11th, 2010 at 11:57 pm   

    I have a couple of friends who love this place and have been telling me about it for months. So finally got around to trying it today on a little OKC road trip. The selection of the burgers is what is impressive here… I had the one with egg (can’t remember the name) and thought it was great.

    Regarding the common complaints in here… we were actually talking at lunch at how for a “college joint” the prices seemed a little steep, but it sounds like they always have good specials going on (and good beer specials too). As far as the parking is concerned, seemed to me the problem with the parking is that there’s some construction going on in the street in front of the restaurant, otherwise I didn’t think it was that bad… beats parking in a tree if you get the last spot at Nic’s. And there were no flies that I noticed, though being in the middle of winter probably would have a lot to do with that. :)

    Overall, I thought it was a very good place… unique… not your everyday burger. The $1 Bud Light drafts were ice cold too… bonus!

  • Judy says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 4:09 pm   

    I Think the Ruben burger is pretty good it has corned beef, kraut, swiss and even a burger. But just about the only thing I eat their now is the Fish Taco’s. Nobody can make them the same. I get them on corn tortilla’s. Just the best

  • Stephanie says:
    April 13th, 2011 at 10:01 am   

    I prefer Flatire to Irma’s. I love the Guacamole Burger on the wheat bun, and the sweet potato fries are delicious.

  • Cristina says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 12:58 pm   

    I recently tried Flat Tire for the first time and while it wasn’t amazing, it was definitely not worth the price. Yes, they are creative. But I just paid $15 for a burger, sweet potatoes fries and ice water? To read this review and find out the meat is not prepared fresh is even worse for me. I actually wanted to ask, but didn’t feel comfortable doing so as our waiter seemed to not really care about much. The burger was good, the fried crisp, but all in all, just not worth the money. AND it was not fun walking the lot in my heels, since I went on lunch.

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